A short list of English East Indiamen losses

 


Losses from the East India Company's ships
(1763 - 1815)

Source: British archives

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When lost

Name of the Ship

Where and how lost - (HB/OB - Homeward/Outward bound)

08/01/1763 Elizabeth - 499t Burnt in the China Seas - HB
20/03/1764 Winchelsea - 499t Near the mouth of Bengal river - No cargo
11/01/1764 Earl of Holderness - 657t Wrecked near Deal, UK - OB
16/01/1765 Albion - 668t Going to the Downs, UK - OB
13/06/1766 Falmouth - 499t Stranded on Sagar Sands, India - OB
27/02/1767 Lord Clive - 676t Off Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - OB
30/10/1768 Earl of Chatham - 499t At Madras roads - HB
17/09/1769 Lord Holland - 499t Coming from Bengal River with grain for Madras - HB
25/04/1771 Verelst - 499t Near Mauritius - HB
26/07/1772 Duke of Albany - 676t On the Long Sand, Bengal river - OB
07/09/1773 Lord Mansfield - 499t In Bengal river - no cargo
17/12/1773 Royal Captain - 499t West coast of Palawan, Philippines - HB
14/04/1774 Huntingdon - 499t Off Johanna, Comoros - no cargo
25/03/1777 Marquis of Rockingham - 758t On a rock, Coromandel coast - HB
24/08/1778 Colebrooke - 723t In False Bay, South Africa - OB
28/12/1778 London - 723t Run down by the Russel (M. of W.) off Berry Head, UK - OB
16/08/1779 Valentine - 676t Near Guernsey, Channel Islands - part HB
29/08/1779 Stafford - 804t In Bengal river - HB
16/02/1781 General Barker - 758t On the coast of Holland, HB
24/06/1782 Earl of Dartmouth - 758t Lost on the Carnicobar - HB
04/08/1782 Grosvenor - 729t Off Delagoa Bay, South Africa - HB
15/10/1782 Earl of Hertford - 758t In Madras roads, with grain - HB
24/06/1782 Major - 755t Burnt at Culpee, Bengal - HB
28/08/1782 Brilliant - 703t Off Johanna, Comoros Island - OB
15/06/1783 Fairford - 755t Blown up in Bombay harbour - OB
19/04/1783 Duke of Atholl - 755t Burnt at Madras - OB
20/08/1783 Duke of Kingston - 723t Caught fire off Ceylon - OB
10/04/1785 Hinchinbrooke - 528t In Bengal river - HB
06/12/1785 Montagu - 755t Blown up at Diamond Point, Bengal - OB
06/01/1786 Halswell - 758t Off Portland, UK - OB
14/05/1787 Hartwell - 937t Off Bona Vista, Cape Verde Islands - OB
08/12/1787 Mars - 696t On Margate Sands, UK - OB
24/08/1789 Vansittart - 828t Off Bangka, Indonesia - OB
24/08/1791 Foulis - 763t En route from Madras to Bencoolen - OB
20/08/1792 Winterton - 771t Off Madagascar - OB
26/01/1796 Dutton - 761t At Plymouth, UK - OB
13/07/1796 Middlesex - 852t Near Erith, UK - OB
26/03/1796 Ponsborne - 804t Off Grenada (?) - OB
01/02/1797 Ocean - 1189t At Kalatoa, Indonesia - OB
10/08/1797 Martha - 406t In Bengal river - OB
05/04/1798 Princess Amelia - 808t Burnt off Pigeon Island, near Cannanore, India - HB
08/12/1798 Henry Addington - 1200t Off Isle of Wight, Bembridge Ledge, UK - OB
23/02/1799 Earl Fitzwilliam - 803t Burnt in Sagar roads - HB
09/07/1800 Queen - 801t Burnt at San Salvador, Brazil - OB
10/1800 Earl Talbot - 1200t On Pratas Shoal, China - OB
11/01/1803 Hindostan - 1248t Off Margate, Wedge sands, UK - OB
06/1804 Prince of Wales - 820t Lost en route from Madras in a gale - HB
05/02/1805 Earl of Abergavenny - 1440t In Weymouth Bay, Portland Bill, UK - OB
04/12/1805 Britannia - 770t Lost off Brazil - OB
20/04/1806 Lady Burgess - 820t Bonavista Island, Cape Verde - OB
29/05/1807 Ganges - 1200t Off Laccam’s Channel, Andaman Islands - HB
01/1807 Skelton Castle - 584t On the way from U.K to China - OB
07/11/1808 Travers - 577t Lost at sea - OB
25/01/1809 Britannia - 1200t Wrecked in a gale on the Goodwin Sands, UK - HB
25/01/1809 Admiral Gardner - 813t Off South Foreland, Goodwin Sands, UK - OB
01/06/1809 Asia - 820t In Bengal river - OB
17/09/1809 Walpole - 820t Off Portland, near Margate, UK - HB
1809 Glory - 502t At sea, in a gale of wind, Indian Ocean - HB
1809 Lord Nelson - 818t At sea, in a gale of wind, Indian Ocean - HB
1809 Experiment - 519t At sea, in a gale of wind, Indian Ocean - HB
1809 Calcutta - 819t Off Mauritius - HB
1809 Lady Jane Dundas - 820t Off Mauritius - HB
1809 Jane Duc. of Gordon - 820t Off Mauritius - HB
1809 Bengal - 818t Off Mauritius - HB
1810 True Briton - 1198t Foundered between Bombay and China - OB
01/1810 Earl Camden - 1271t Burnt at Bombay - OB
14/10/1812 Harriet - 549t Burnt at Calcutta - HB
05/1813 Earl Howe - 876t Burnt at Bombay - HB
01/01/1813 Euphrates - 596t Lost at Ceylon - OB
17/12/1813 William Pitt - 572t Eastward of Algoa Bay, South Africa- HB
1814 Devonshire - 820t In Bengal river - HB
18/01/1815 Bengal - 950t Destroyed by fire off Point de Galle, Ceylon - HB



From the season 1760 to 1796 inclusive, 1038 ships sailed for and from India on behalf of the English East India Company.
On this total, 51 were lost (5%)

East indiaman

Sussex 1738  Colebrook 1778


Comments (1)

1. william warren (link) 03/07/2014

Do you have a list of lost EIC ships prior to 1760 and after 1796? And, do you have any manefests of any of those ships from 1600 to 1875? We have more questions. Kindly supply us with an email address for yourself. I am trying to find Jean Sutton's book "Lords of the East." I am currently in Kiev

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